What are you doing about using the rear PTO? Did you use the OEM setup and power it the way it was from the factory?
Sorry I've left you & everyone else hanging, but this project got put on hold. To answer your question Brian, I am dropping the rear PTO completely. By dropping the rear PTO and putting the engine in like a big tractor, I can lose the belt drive and drive the hydro via universal jointed driveshaft. This also allows me to drop the engine lower, avoiding any raising of the dash tower. I am building as a plow tractor anyway, so rear PTO isn't important to me. Plus then I'll be able to sell the entire PTO drive-line, which will fund a large portion of remaining costs like new front tires and paint. I did some tinkering today, and after I get the crud showered off me, I'll post progress.